Since 1998, the W.G. Jackson research and education vessel has made its way around Lake Michigan on its Making Lake Michigan Great tours. Throughout the years, 33 ports of call have been visited. Originally as a project of the U.S. EPA's Lake Michigan Forum, the purpose of these annual tours was to spread the word about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Lakewide Action and Management Plan for Lake Michigan as well as to engage stakeholders with local projects.
Funded by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the tours provided hands-on experience in water issues for the public aboard the W.G. Jackson and the D.J. Angus. There have been cruises for students and the public, open houses, teacher workshops, and community events. Now that U.S. EPA is no longer funding this type of outreach, we hope to continue Making Lake Michigan Great through other means.